30 Secrets & Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan

30 Secrets & Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan

Taipei is considered the food capital of
Asia but besides food this city has actually a lot to offer
these are my 30 hidden secrets and best places to visit in Taipei. Now what
better than to start off your Taipei adventure with an epic Taiwanese
breakfast. Fu Hang Soy Milk is the most popular breakfast joint in town and it’s
so popular that people will wait hours in line just to get that fresh batch of
bread. Breakfast at Fu Hang Soy Milk is very affordable and the quintessential
breakfast for many locals here for 110 NT roughly $3.60 USD this is an incredible breakfast deal. Breadstick sandwich which
is one of the highlights here so it’s deep fried bread, deep fried bread on a
bun I don’t know how to come up with but it is actually really good. Yeah, I
can see what the hype is all about this is amazing! All right so we’re gonna top
it off with some Dou Jiang which is the soy milk oh yes oh this works great with
the bread and the pancake, that’s an ideal breakfast here in Taipei. Now
before we dive into the city take a quick day trip to Jiufen, a former gold
mining town just an hour east of Taipei. This cute little mountain town has
gorgeous scenery and delicious foods you must try like peanut ice cream rolls
and stinky tofu, it is stinky because it’s fermented tofu. Wow that is so good, it is a bit stinky but in the end it’s well worth it. Just make sure to top off
your Jiufen adventure with a little tea ceremony at the A-Mei teahouse, the most
beautiful tea house in all of Taiwan. Fried chicken is one of the most popular
street foods here in Taiwan so I had to drop by the famous fried chicken
founding headquarters to pick up a batch of fried snacks I decided to enjoy these
snacks at the Zhishan garden located right next to the National Palace Museum. True serenity outside the bustling city of Taipei. Alright guys so we’re here at the
National Palace Museum park and it’s time to try the authentic Taiwanese
chicken nuggets. Now one thing about the chicken nuggets these are completely
different from McDonald’s chicken nuggets, the main difference being is they keep little pieces of bone inside the chicken
nugget so the meat stays nice and tender compared to the really dry taste you may
get from McDonald’s or KFC chicken nuggets. And they season it a little bit with
basil. Oh oh I like this I like this a lot! Why McDonald’s? Why can’t you just do it right?! As you can see the inside looks
just like a regular chicken nugget, oh my god! Another popular snack is rice sausage,
I’ve never of it… wow, Taiwan really knows their snacks, nice and wet inside as a
sticky rice should really be. The National Palace Museum has a permanent
collection of 700,000 pieces of ancient Chinese artifacts and it is one of the
largest Chinese art collections in the world encompassing 8,000 years of
Chinese history. The nationalist leader Chiang kai-shek tried to safeguard
these Chinese treasures during the Communist revolution on mainland China
and have been here on Taiwan ever since 1949 and that’s why this museum is
considered very controversial. All right, time to go back downtown for some dinner! Taipei is the food capital of Asia but
with that reputation comes a lot of strange foods and restaurants as well so
what better than to have a delightful beef curry in a toilet bowl at the
toilet restaurant. It’s a toilet full of curry at least I hope it’s actual
curry, let’s get it nice in there and into the curry sauce and scoop it out of
the toilet. oh this is great that’s actually really
good curry. Don’t forget to try their poop meatballs and poop ice cream as
well. Another strange dinner activity is prawn fishing, here you can fish your
own prawns at this bizarre indoor pool, once you
captured a bunch, throw them on the barbecue and enjoy! And this is the final
result, the first catch of today some of these prawn fishing shops are
open 24 hours and the record holder at this place caught 43 prawns in one hour, my attempts to break this record we were miserable if you really want to step up
your dinner party, head towards snake alley at the Huaxi night market, here you
will find the most bizarre restaurants in the world but I came here
specifically to try snake venom, snake blood and snake skin salad, but for that
video you’ll have to watch my complete snake alley episode. Supposedly there’s a
lot of health benefits to this… That was like a really strong alcohol
but venom, VENOM! Moving on to the cutest cafe in Taipei the Rilakkuma cafe
another famous themed cafe here in Taipei This cafe offers super cute lunches and
dinner experiences. I ordered the omelet with rice and a
coffee doesn’t this just look adorable. “Don’t you drown me!” As expected the
meatballs and the omelet were rich and delicious, they also sell a bunch of cute
desserts and merchandise. Top off all this madness with an incredible shaved
ice dessert at the Ice Monster. Ice Monster is one of the best shaved
ice shops here in Taipei, now they were about the close so I had the whole
place to myself, usually you can expect long waiting lines, so either come super
early or right before closing time. My recommendation, the almond shaved ice,
which set me back 220 new Taiwan dollars. Dessert time, this thing looks amazing
it’s red beans, almond jelly and almond shaped ice, it’s not even like icy it’s
more like flaky, flaky bits of almond. I’m digging a cave right here, I just want to live
in it. The most iconic building in Taiwan is Taipei 101 and the best place
to observe this Marvel of a building is the Elephant Mountain but to get to the
top you’ll need to take these super steep stairways so make sure you take
many breaks to catch your breath and drink plenty of water especially during
the scorching summer heat but once you reach the top you can enjoy these
mesmerizing views of Taipei 101 as you can see it’s an absolute boiling day it
I think it’s like 36 degrees with an insane humidity, sweat is literally
dripping off my skin here next up the observatory deck of Taipei 101.
Did you know Taipei 101 used to be the world’s tallest building between 2004
and 2010 from Taipei 101 you can take in these stunning views of the entire city
although the entrance fee is a bit pricey, 600 new Taiwan dollars per ticket
which is roughly 20 US dollars so make sure you come and visit on a very clear
day otherwise it’s not worth your hard-earned dollars. In the basement you will find
Michelin star dumpling restaurant Din Tai Fung, this place is absolutely
massive notorious for its Xiaolongbao better known as soup dumplings so this
is the Xiaolongbao, you pick it up from the top and you put it in your little
spoon then you poke a hole, so the soup base will fall in your spoon. Oh that’s so good, almost like creamy
pork but it’s delicious the heat and temperature is absolutely on point. So
another way to eat the dumpling is with soy sauce, vinegar and ginger. Wow Taipei, you nail it out of the park! This is incredible! This place may be a
bit pricey but trust me you’ll be blown away by the most delicious dumplings in
Taiwan, quality over quantity. If time permits, check out the bizarre
Core Pacific shopping mall which looks identical to the Death Star. Because it
looks exactly like a Death Star. Even the entry points, that’s just nuts. Kick off the next day with a seafood adventure. Now I am really big into seafood so I
had to venture out to the most high-end fish market in town, the Addiction fish market. This fish market has an incredible selection of
fresh seafood, so fresh that it may even run away. You won’t find this level of
freshness in most parts of the world so time to try out this fresh batch of
Taiwanese seafood products. I’m super stoked, it’s morning, I’m having some lunch. All right, time to start off with the fresh sashimi, look at
this box my god what a presentation. salmon sashimi oh my god that literally melts on the
tip of my tongue that is absolutely perfect. Really good tuna is usually
really hard to come by. oh wow, that is so juicy for fish. It’s not dry it’s absolutely perfect, like it literally just came fresh out of the sea they
nailed this out of the park. I’m really impressed with this sashimi. Spicy fish
eggs this is the part of the salmon where she stores the eggs. Whoa, that’s a
very unique taste all the little eggs popping in my mouth. I can see why this
is one of the best fishery markets in the country. Nothing beats grilled eel, BBQ grilled eel. Oh man, it’s still warm, it’s still warm. I just, I want to eat this whole thing. I am little heaven heaven, unagi heaven. This gorgeous place is the Chiang kai-shek memorial hall. Chiang kai-shek can be
considered the founder of modern Taiwan. He took the Chinese Nationalist
government from mainland China to Taiwan during the Communist revolution. This is
the main plaza in downtown Taipei. We got the main memorial of Chiang kai-shek in the
background and this is the national theater. Moving on to the Ximending shopping district which many have compared to Tokyo’s Harajuku district for its
funky fashion and youth culture. Inside of the Ximending district you will
find the Ay-Chung rice noodle shop. This place is always packed with customers
which is a good indicator for quality. I got myself a small portion 450 new Taiwan dollars which is around $1.60 USD. Thick gravy, thin noodles
and bits of pig intestine making this snack a must try and Ximending, oh that’s hot but it’s delicious, that broth is so good it’s so thick and the pork intestine really adds quite the flavor. Another good spot in Ximending district is Laotian Lu for its wide selection of braised duck from duck tongue, duck
feet, duck hearts, duck intestines to duck head. Go watch my entire duck episode for
my complete braised duck review, the link will be in the description box below.
Oh man, this is pretty intense. What am I doing? Now a hidden secret
here in Taipei is ice cream shop Snow King especially if you want to challenge
yourself. One thing guys the ice cream flavors are quite expensive, around $4
bucks a scoop. Chili pepper, pork knuckle, how about some soybean curd. Hey, and if you’re at it some Taiwan beer @ 3.5%, not that bad. I’m
gonna get drunk off ice cream today. They have 73 flavors, check these out this is Taiwan beer @ 3.5% and Kaoliang @ 58%. Kaoliang is a strong
distilled Chinese liquor with an alcohol percentage ranging from 38% to 63%
that’s why Kaoliang smells extremely strong. Stings the nostrils. That’s just insanity, so you wanna get wasted this is the right place to come
to. Oh man, those are puke reflections kicking
in, that’s too strong I don’t think I can take much more of that. You can always settle for some sesame oil
chicken ice cream. Oh, I’m not liking that. I’m not liking that, it’s like big pieces
of chicken are in the ice cream. You can ‘t make you stuff up, I give them a 10 for at least trying. So yea guys after all those crazy ice creams let’s top it off
with something nice, the custard apple ice cream. Mmm oh that’s nice,
the good thing about this place is the ice cream in general isn’t as sweet this
is actually real ice cream. If the alcohol drenched ice cream was an
extreme enough for you how about a knife massage. All right guys we’re doing a little warm-up here, before we go into the knife room. The zen is coming to me, now it’s time for the knives! I consider this another hidden secret here in Taipei most tourists do not know
about. Enjoy a one-hour knife massage with a knife massage practitioner. So here
are the knives, they’re real cleavers Don’t try this at home you may injure
yourself. Luckily, their training is very strict they required to be vegetarian
and meditate on a daily basis although when it came to my skull I got a little
freaked out. So another procedure will involve the skull, let’s see how
that’s gonna go. My bum feels great, my bum feels
absolutely great! This is actually really enjoyable I had no idea! After all these mind-blowing experiences you may be in a need for a bit of zen, so
visit one of Taipei’s many temples Longshan is the most popular temple
here in Taipei and it’s often visited by many locals praying to a specific deity. This temple is also called the meeting place of the gods that’s why you’ll see
many offerings here with rituals taking place every single day. Alternatively you can check out the
temple of Hsing Tian Kong, you’ll be able to find many businessmen here looking
for good fortune. To really take some time to relax rent a bicycle in the
northern tip of Taipei and cycle along this gorgeous waterfront next to the
Keelung River. So yeah guys, so why not rent yourself a bike and go biking in the
northern parts of Taipei, on a nice sunny day like this, this is where a lot of
people from Taipei spend their weekends. These Ubikes are available all over the
city plus they are super cheap to rent just 20 NT per hour, that’s 60
cents USD, that’s crazy! not YouTube but YouBike. If it is a
hot and sunny day you need to take a pit stop at the Moonlight Riverside Cafe for
an epic mulberry smoothie one of my hidden secrets here in Taipei.
Wow, that’s amazing, it’s like raspberry but better, way better! Only
80 Taiwan dollars for this massive amount of mulberry smoothie. Nearby you
can find these bizarre century eggs which gotten their green color from
fermentation, these acts can take up to four to five weeks to make. Traditionally these eggs were made with the mixture of salt, lime and ash. So make
all your fantasies a reality at this little tea egg shop. The century egg, fermented duck egg. Quite the delicacy here Yeah, actually really good, it still
tastes the same as the yellow chicken egg but the gelatin base around it
actually adds as a certain smoothness. A very unique building just north of
downtown is the Grand Hotel one of the world’s tallest Chinese classical
buildings and a great place for photography, fun fact this building has
been decorated with two hundred thousand dragons. For dinner you should consider A-Cheng
Goose one of the best goose restaurants here in Taipei for a quick delicious
bite of chopped goose, my order consisted of Chinese cabbage, a very strange duck
blood soup and of course delicious chopped goose. But no meal is complete
without a refreshing Taiwan beer. This is actually very good, it’s really
good. Taiwan is most famous for its many night markets which run from the late
afternoon until midnight every single day. At these night markets you should
try the hot star large fried chicken, an oyster omelet, delicious pig blood cake, pepper pork buns and some fun street games. These night markets are so massive that they required their own Reformatt episode
so make sure you check out my full review by clicking the link in the
description box below. One thing that truly blew me away was the Taipei
nightlife, I have no idea Taipei had so many great bars and nightclubs I will go
as far to say that this was the best nightlife scene I’ve ever experienced at
great nightclubs like VIBE, Electro, Babe18 and Omni. With an epic after-party meal at HaiDiLao but for that video go watch my entire Taipei nightlife guide, again the
link is in the description box below! Now it is finally bedtime and where better
to stay than at Hotel Royal in Beitou. Hotel Royal is best known for its
incredible hotel rooms complete with their own private hot springs bath. Taiwan has a lot of tectonic activity
which is why Taiwan has the highest concentration of thermal hot springs in
the world making the Beitou region pure hot springs heaven. Now i still have a
bunch of bonus tips but first navigate to Reformatt.com to download a detailed
map of all the places i mentioned in this video complete with the exact
addresses, prices, photos and all my personal advice. OK, now here are my bonus tips, since I’m Dutch I found this particular
restaurant really interesting, a poffertjes restaurant downtown Taipei, which are mini Dutch pancakes, what are odds?! Not your average Dutch pancakes.
Oolong tea poffertjes. Speaking of Dutch… Did you know that Taiwan used to be an old
Dutch colony called Formosa, expect a full Reformatt episode on the Dutch
colonial history of Taiwan. And this is the guy that kicked out the Dutch, Koxinga. If time permits, check out the South Village where the
soldiers of the nationalist army were relocated after escaping the Communist
revolution on mainland China. South Village is nowadays a museum and
cultural center easily walkable from Taipei 101. For transportation consider
either renting Ubike, a cheap taxi or use the super efficient Taipei MRT to
get around town. The Taipei MRT is one of the best metro systems in the entire
world. Also, make sure you watch my first episode on Taiwan to learn more about
this wonderful island nation. In conclusion, I was pleasantly surprised
during my stay here in Taiwan the Taiwanese are nothing less than
exceptionally friendly, helpful and full of energy, making Taiwan one of the most incredible places I’ve ever visited.
Sadly, I could not cover all the cool things to do here in Taipei in just one
video that’s why I created an entire playlist of all the videos I recorded in
Taiwan so make sure to check out those episodes as well now. If you have already
been to Taipei let me know what your favorite spot was in the city by leaving a comment in the comment section below. Now hit that like button if you think
this video was useful and make sure to share this video with all your friends
that are considering a visiting Taiwan. Thanks for watching guys and make sure
to look out for next week’s episode I believe it’s going to be my best episode

100 thoughts on “30 Secrets & Things to do in Taipei, Taiwan

  1. A great video. I'll be going to Tai Pei for three days in September. Will have to watch your videos on Tai Pei and pick and choose.

  2. Good video. I have been to Taipei many times but didn’t know about many of these places. But you must have had a big budget and a lot of energy

  3. Yeah Taiwan is fantastic. Great food 🥘 and the best subway system in the world 🌎 easy to get around in English and Chinese. Get an Easy card. Very convenient .

  4. Try 肥前屋 for grilled eel rice, trust me you won't regret it! It's located near 中山 ZhongSheng MRT station.

  5. Just so nice , ahead of my visit next year ! Am a foodie and like nature and history .
    Am now thinking more about my trip 🙂
    $20 is not too bad for the tower , much the same as Skydeck in Sg .
    Would be nice to know prices of your food 🙂
    Duck neck , lol 🙂
    love the ice cream moment !
    Just what I needed .
    my friends there will hate me after seeing all this !
    Have hosted them , pay back time 🙂
    Am there for the World Orchid Show in March 2020 , this is just what I needed 🙂 With other blogs 🙂
    I am a Boy Scout , I am prepared 🙂
    Was focused on the show , yet knew so much more to see and do !
    Will love it there , thanks .

  6. will surely follow some of your tips! cause we be leavin' next month and this vid is very helpful thanks!

  7. You videos about Taipei are amazing!!! Thank you for introducing my city to the whole world. Very good job and I definitely will share your videos for my foreign friends. 😉

  8. Elephant mountain, I met the same white Cat… that time in companion with black one :D, great … Taipei, I was there more than once but I see I have to go there again … A lot of what I have to see and taste … nice video!!!

  9. I've been to that ice cream shop before! That was truly a hidden gem. I didn't try the bizarre flavors tho, too scared. 😂😂

  10. How do you rent the bike last time I was in Taipei I had to borrow my friends Taiwan student I’d to rent it…. how does a foreigner do it?

  11. This is fun and very relevant. 😀 Been living in Taiwan for 2 years now but never tried some of your adventures. I am giving this a shot 😀

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  13. For you guys who have been in Jiufen, how much time do you recommend spending there? I would like to try the stinky tofu and peanut ice cream and maybe some tea? Comments will really help as I'm arranging our itinerary for our October visit. Thanks in advance! 🙂

  14. 呵~豆漿燒餅油條蛋餅是很好吃的早餐沒錯,但卻是營養不均衡的,蛋白質熱量是足夠的甚至過多(澱粉,油脂,糖,豆類蛋白質),但完全沒有蔬菜水果。

  15. Wow, those sushi and sashimi from addiction fish market seemed really cheap! or is it in US dollars, not Taiwanese dollars?

  16. We loved Taipei! Check out our vacation travel video, if you like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdNPKbosV4g

  17. This is the beauty of Taipei, Taiwan

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  18. damn…. A-Cheng Goose is my secret destination, i'm afraid it's going to be flooded with tourists, so I never tell people about it, only share with close friends. However, i went there last time, there were already tourists from HK and Japan!

  19. The vast majority of Westerners (and most foreigners) will not like those foods and may try them once.
    Many will be turned off.
    Almost NONE of them will act like "OHHAAFUCKKKKK THis is SOOOO good!!!!" as if they are tasting some fucking magical thing that blasts fucking gold orgasms into their tastebuds!
    They will go "uhhg… warm thick soy milk.." and never try it again.

  20. These tips are really helpful! Before I went to Taiwan, I watch several videos like this. Now, I also want to help other people to know what to expect in Taiwan. Please visit my channel. 💖

  21. Fu huang soy milk is too overated, tbh its not worth to que for that long. Its juz standard.. i was queing for so long n wasnt so awesome when i taste em

  22. does taiwanese speak and understand english?? is it difficult to live there without being able to speak mandarin?

  23. I will apply for a semester abroad in Taiwan and if the university rejects me… its your fault that i will cry my ass of…
    After that video i wish nothing more than going there.

  24. Please check out the video on my channel showing the beauty of Taiwan including Taipei, Taroko National Park, Alishan, Kenting and many more from my five-month stay at this amazing place! 🙂

  25. Hi,  I'm going back to Taipei next week for my 3rd visit.  Thanks for a very informative video,  I've taken good notes and hope to get to all of your recommended spots.

  26. 6:47 ive been there before!
    (btw im taiwanese haha)
    edit: 8:45 oh wait I went there and tried the sushi too
    edit again: I also went to 13:56 😂
    edit again again:17:47 I've been to hotel royal too hahaha omg I should stop
    edit (last one I promise): 19:06 taxis are expensive now 😅

  27. Never heard anyone actually claim Taipei as Asia’s food capital as that’s going up against Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok.

  28. Wow, very nice videography and editing. Also, I did not see one unattractive person in the whole episode. Are Taiwanese really all so beautiful? Time to skip the Thai and Vietnam videos and watch more from Taiwan!

  29. Where did you find these places I don't think most people in Taipei knows?some one show you or you just find them by yourself l

  30. Great video Man. Knife massage? 🤔. I am not sure about that.
    I like to feel the hands of beautiful massage girl on my body.

  31. Thank you soo much for this video! If only I could visit all these places in just 2 days! Arggh!!!! See you on February, Taiwan!!!

  32. I have a problem with Taiwanese food
    They are mostly snacks and street food..
    I really like to share food with my family and enjoy it together

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